Artist: JAMIE OUSLEY
Title: A SEA OF VOICES
Label: TIE RECORDS
Release Date: 1/10/2012
Austin McMahon, Drums, Nanami Morikawa, Vocal (Shenandoah), Carlomagno Araya, Percussion (Rocky Top & Swallowed in the Sea), Gabriel Saientz, Piano (Alfonsina)
Jamie Ousley, Double Bass, Joe Davidian, Piano
1. HYMN OF THE TIDES Ousley (6:37)
2. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN Berlin (7:15)
3. STEAM Ousley (5:26)
4. SHENANDOAH Traditional (4:06)
5. ROCKY TOP F. and B. Bryant (4:35)
6. LOVING BEAUTY Ousley (6:14)
7. SWALLOWED IN THE SEA Cold Play (5:55)
8. WITH YOU Ousley (5:33)
9. HOLY WATER Ousley (5:17)
10.ALFONSINA Y EL MAR Ramirez and Luna (5:37)
Produced by Jamie Ousley • Recorded June 8 & 9, 2011, Boston (eight of the tracks were at this Boston session. Shenendoah and Alfonsina were recorded in Miami at individual sessions)
Artist Home Market(s): Miami, Florida
I have often considered how I could “give back” with my talents and make a tangible difference in the world with my music. I decided to produce “A Sea of Voices,” with water-inspired compositions, as a not-for-profit project to benefit the environment. I have also really enjoyed playing jazz concerts in churches over the past few years, a tradition introduced to me by Ira Sullivan. So, I began searching for an environmental group that I could benefit with my CD sales, which would allow me to perform more jazz concerts in churches as part of my touring. Thus, I found the Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light organization, whose environmental mission is to mobilize faith communities in Florida to care for creation (www.sunshinestateipl.org). Here, I could combine the worlds of diverse faiths and jazz to benefit a common cause that we can all unite behind: care of our planet!
Jamie Ousley is the professor of jazz bass at Florida International University in Miami. He was recently named “Best South Florida Jazz Musician of 2011” by Boca Life magazine, and his previous CD release Back Home was named “Best South Florida Jazz Release of 2010” by Bill Meredith of the Palm Beach Post.
Jamie tours internationally with his own trio, as well as having performed with jazz royalty such as Ira Sullivan, George Shearing, Benny Golson, James Moody, Eddie Gomez, and Randy Brecker, to name a few.